UNITED STATES, [US]--A new report finds that anti-abortion violence last year was higher than it's been in 20 years — and now that newly confirmed conservative Republican Attorney General Jeff Sessions will oversee law enforcement initiatives that protect providers from harm, many advocates are on edge. According to the 2016 National Clinic Violence Survey published last Thursday by the Feminist Majority Foundation, 34.2 percent of U.S. abortion providers reported "severe violence or threats of violence" in the first half of 2016. That number is up from 19.7 percent in 2014 — and before that, the highest recent peak came in 1995, with an average of 24 percent. Anti-abortion terrorism pea
FLATHEAD, [MT]--The owner of a Kalispell health clinic that was destroyed in March 2014 is suing the man responsible for the break-in, his family and a local pro-life resource center. Susan Cahill and her husband, Steve Martinez, filed a lawsuit in Flathead County District Court against Zachary, Kenny and Twyla Klundt, as well as Michelle Reimer and Hope Pregnancy Ministries on Feb. 3. Zachary Klundt was sentenced to the Montana State Prison last year for breaking into and destroying All Families Healthcare in Kalispell. The clinic was the sole health care provider in Northwest Montana to offer abortions. In the lawsuit, Cahill alleges that Zachary Klundt did not act alone in the break-in
PUYALLUP, [WA]--A Puyallup man has been charged in federal court with threats made on a Fox News website against a biotech officer formerly associated with Planned Parenthood, reports say. 57-year-old Scott Anthony Orton was arrested Dec. 8 after federal agents connected him to a series of threatening messages online that, among other things, offered to pay someone to kill an officer at a biotech firm that has previously helped Planned Parenthood handle fetal tissue and organs. The biotech firm is Placerville, California-based StemExpress, which reportedly used to accept fetal tissue donations from Planned Parenthood for life-saving stem cell research. StemExpress reportedly cut ties with
ST. LOUIS, [MO]--Charges have been filed in a vandalism incident at a Planned Parenthood office over the weekend in south St. Louis. On Saturday morning, a woman showed up at the clinic in the 3400 block of South Grand around 8:45 am, took rocks from the buildings landscaping, and threw them at the windows, breaking several. Surveillance video captured the crime. A woman was taken into custody just minutes after the crime. On Monday, Maria Terry, 43, of the 3900 block of Germania, was charged with 1st degree Property Damage. She is being held on a $20,000 cash-only bond. View More>>
LOUISVILLE, [KY]--Less than a week after he was released from jail for twice breaking the windows of the EMW Women’s Surgery Center — and returning to the clinic in the following days to allegedly brag about his release — Timothy Lee Haste was arrested again on Friday two blocks from the clinic on unrelated charges and currently remains incarcerated. Haste pleaded guilty to one amended-down count of second-degree criminal mischief on Monday, Nov. 23, for causing $1,600 worth of damage to the windows of EMW, the only full-time abortion clinic in Kentucky. He was given a one-year sentence but discharged on the condition that he not have further contact with the prosecuting victim.
COLORADO SPRINGS, [CO]--The gunman suspected of storming a Planned Parenthood clinic and killing a police officer and two others used the phrase “no more baby parts’’ to explain his actions, according to a law enforcement official, a comment likely to further inflame the heated rhetoric surrounding abortion. The attack on the clinic, allegedly by Robert Lewis Dear Jr., was “definitely politically motivated,’’ said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is still underway. Dear also reportedly mentioned President Obama in a range of statements to investigators that left his precise motivation unclear. Yet even as authorities released few de
COLORADO SPRINGS, [CO]--Two civilians and one police officer were killed at the Planned Parenthood building in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday. The gunman has been detained, according to the Colorado Springs police department, and nine individuals, including five police officers, have been wounded. Federal law enforcement sources and a local official have told ABC News that the suspect has been identified as Robert Lewis Dear, 57. According to his booking sheet, Dear will be in court Monday and is being held without bond. The motive behind the shooting is unknown. The deceased officer was on the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) police department. In a statement released by
PULLMAN, [WA]--The Inland Northwest Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating an arson fire at Planned Parenthood in Pullman, which set off fire and burglary alarms at 3:30 a.m. Friday and caused significant damage to the building. The three-year-old clinic was the scene of a major anti-abortion demonstration last month, one of several in Eastern Washington. As a result of the fire, it is now structurally unsafe. A Pullman fire investigator from Spokane said the fire was arson. After several hours of investigation, the fire department called in agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to probe the crime scene. Badly burned in front, the Pullman Health Center
METAIRIE, [LA]--A man accused of removing signs at a Metairie abortion clinic was arrested and booked with committing a hate crime. William Kennedy, 27, of 5816 Ruth St., Metairie, was also booked with simple criminal damaged valued between $500 to $50,000, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Kennedy is accused of stealing signage from Causeway Medical Clinic, 3044 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, during the early morning hours of Aug. 1, an incident report said. In surveillance footage, a man is seen driving a Chevy vehicle onto the property just before 1 a.m. and pulling metal lettering off the building, the report said. Deputies arrested Kennedy on Aug. 6 at his Me
WICHITA, [KS]--A Valley Center abortion opponent must stand trial over a letter she sent to a Wichita doctor saying someone might place an explosive under the doctor’s car, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned late Tuesday a lower court’s summary decision that abortion opponent Angel Dillard’s letter was constitutionally protected speech. The ruling comes in a civil lawsuit brought against Dillard by the Justice Department under a federal law aimed at protecting access to abortion services. A split three-judge appeals panel said the decision about whether the letter constituted a “true threat” should be left for a jury to decide.